October is AAC Awareness Month! Throughout he month, we will be posting AAC quotes, resources and links to blogs to spread the word about AAC!
What is AAC you ask? Augmentative and Alternative Communication!
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or use gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. AAC includes unaided and aided communication. Unaided communication includes methods of communication that rely on a person’s body to communicate including facial expressions, gestures, body movements, vocalizations, verbalizations, sign language and eye gaze. Aided communication requires tools or equipment that are not part of a users body, such as paper based communication systems and written communication as well as high tech speech generating devices with voice output.